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Gomes ready for veteran role with A's

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Gomes ready for veteran role with A's

Much like O.Co Coliseum is expected to be next year, Jonny Gomes' introductory conference call was sparsely populated.

Also parallel is the impact the lack of attention has on Gomes -- zero.

On the conference call, he answered each of the five questions thoughtfully and thoroughly.

As it pertains to his on-field performance, "I'm not rebuilding," Gomes told the four media members who dialed in Thursday afternoon. "My role is how it is every single year, when my number's called I want to be ready."

Gomes, 31, says his main goal is to stay healthy for all 162 games so he can be ready every time he's called upon. He says he is comfortable playing left field, right field, and designated hitter, which some players prefer not to do.

With nine years of MLB service, Gomes joins the young Athletics team as a veteran in the clubhouse. When asked how he felt about being the vet, he laughed, asking what career stats are required to be considered a veteran. Then he reflected that some of the questions he asked veterans when he came into the league are now being asked of him. He said he's happy to pass on the answers, or at least some direction, and cited his time playing for Lou Piniella, Joe Maddon, Dusty Baker and Davey Johnson as reasons why that veteran tag is legitimate.

"I'm well traveled and have been under some great managers," he said.

The call didn't last more than 15 minutes, but it was clear at its conclusion that the A's added a positive individual to their 2012 roster.

Nate Stuhlbarg is a web producer withCSNBayArea.com. Follow him on Twitter @StuhlbargCSN.

A's trade outfielder Jaycob Brugman to Orioles

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A's trade outfielder Jaycob Brugman to Orioles

OAKLAND – The Oakland A’s traded outfielder Jaycob Brugman to the Baltimore Orioles for a player to be named later or cash, the club announced Wednesday. Brugman was designated for assignment on Monday.

Brugman made his major league debut with the A’s last year and batted .266 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 48 games. He also hit .275 with a home run and nine RBI with Nashville and then batted .182 in nine games with Mesa in the Arizona Fall League.  

Brugman was originally selected by Oakland in the 17th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.

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A's make roster moves, DFA outfielder who played in 48 games in 2017

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A's make roster moves, DFA outfielder who played in 48 games in 2017

In order to get their 40-man roster set for the Rule 5 Draft, the A's did a little roster reshuffling on Monday.

Among the casualties from the roster crunch was outfielder Jaycob Brugman, who played in 48 games for the A's in 2017.

Brugman and left-handed pitcher Sam Moll were designated for assignment in order to clear spots for the A's to add right-handed pitchers Heath Fillmyer and Lou Trivino to the 40-man roster.

During his stint with the A's last season, Brugman hit .266/.346/.343 with two doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI. Brugman participated in the recently-concluded Arizona Fall League, but didn't put up great numbers. He his just 1.82 in nine games.

The 23-year-old Fillmyer started 29 games for Double-A Midland and posted a 3.49 ERA in 149.2 innings. He was a fifth-round by the A's in 2014.

Trivino spent time with Midland and Triple-A Nashville during the 2017 season. In 48 relief appearances between the two levels, he posted a 3.03 ERA and struck out 65 batters in 68.1 innings.

Earlier on Monday, the A's acquired outfielder Ramon Laureano from the Astros for right-handed pitcher Brandon Bailey. Laureano was added to the 40-man roster and right-handed pitcher Bobby Wahl was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville.

The Rule 5 Draft will be held on Thursday, Dec. 14 at the Winter Meetings in Orlando.